The Oath
The Oath
Season 2
Number 20
Writer Anthony E. Zuiker
Director Duane Clark
Original Airdate April 19, 2004
Previous Episode: Deadline
Next Episode: Not Landing

The Oath is the twentieth episode in Season Two of CSI: Miami.


A police officer collapses and dies after pulling over a car with the investigation revealing that he was murdered. Horatio grows suspicious when Internal Affairs gets involved, leading him to believe that the killing wasn't a random crime. Meanwhile, Calleigh aids an abused woman who's living with one of the suspects. Yelina begins dating Horatio's nemesis, Rick Stetler, who also happens to be heading up the IA inquiry.


Mallory Jacobs is driving and talking on her cell phone when a cop car behind her signals her to pull over. Upset, she prepares herself to flirt in hopes of getting out of the ticket, but when the police officer approaches her car, he begins to cough up blood. She screams as he collapses to the ground.

Alexx examines Cofield and shows Horatio that Cofield was killed by a gunshot that penetrated his lung. Calleigh notes that Cofield's car has three bullets in it, but that the casings from the bullets Cofield fired are not in the car or the area. This wasn't the primary crime scene. Speedle takes the surveillance camera from Cofield's car.

Speedle and Calleigh view the tape and discover that Cofield made a stop he didn't record. He confronted a man and then pulled him out of the camera's view, possibly to beat him up. The man is identified as Fred Rutter, a neighbor of Cofield's. The CSIs pull him in for questioning. Rutter reveals he and Cofield didn't get along, and he claims it's because Rutter had a noisy dog. Rutter tells them Cofield beat him up because he mouthed off to the officer. Horatio is suspicious and asks Calleigh to check the blood he sees on Rutter's watch.

Delko examines the police car Cofield was driving, and follows the trail the muffler left to find the primary crime scene. The squads come into examine the scene, and Horatio arrives to find Internal Affairs officer Rick Stetler there as well. Horatio isn't happy to see him, even less so when Rick flirts with Yelina. After he leaves, Yelina tells Horatio that Rick asked her out, and she went. When Horatio appeals flustered, she tells him her relationship with Rick is not complicated, and that it's hard for her to trust Horatio after learning that Horatio's brother had a child with someone else. Delko tells Horatio that he's found blood, confirming that this was where Cofield was shot. He's also identified two other sets of tire tracks, one from a motorcycle, the other from a pricey, fancy car.

Calleigh goes to Rutter's house to return his watch. She tells him the blood isn't from him or Cofield--it's a woman's blood. When Calleigh spots Rutter's girlfriend, a shy young Latina woman named Ana, she pulls her aside and asks her if Rutter beats her. Ana demurs. Valera tells Speedle she's come up with something from the samples Speedle took from Cofield's car: a woman's saliva and a man's semen. It seems Cofield had a prostitute in the front seat of his car.

Horatio runs into Mrs. Cofield in the police station and reassures her that he'll do everything he can for her. Meanwhile, Speedle has identified the semen as belonging to one Gary Nelson, whom he tracks down at a golf course. He reluctantly gives him the name of the prostitute he was with: Tiffany. Horatio and Yelina question Tiffany, who at first denies being in the car. Then she relents and admits that she was there, and that Cofield agreed to let her off in exchange for some "favors." She said he was nice, and that he pays her. Horatio makes her turn over the money.

Calleigh arrives at Rutter's house with a warrant and finds him on the kitchen floor. He's been stabbed by Ana, who's fled. When Horatio learns the money came from IA, he realizes Tiffany was an informant. He confronts Rick about Cofield's name being dragged through the mud, but Rick deflects him by saying that Horatio's anger is due to the fact that Rick is dating his brother's widow. Horatio questions Tiffany again. She reveals that Cofield was after Jimmy Asario, a carjacker Tiffany helped. Cofield had her set up the bust by calling Jimmy to carjack Gary Nelson after she left him. Delko tracks Nelson's stolen car to a car shop and confiscates it.

Calleigh locates Ana at a seafood stand on the docks. Calleigh urges her to get medical attention because she's still in pain. She offers to go with Ana to the hospital, and Ana agrees. Horatio brings Nelson in and tells him they've found his car, and also that they know he was present when Cofield was shot. Nelson continues to insist his car was stolen from his parking garage, not in a carjacking. Calleigh goes to Rutter's house and figures out that he was beating her with a bar of soap in a sack. She intercepts him leaving the hospital and has him arrested for battery.

Delko finds a gun in Nelson's car, allowing Horatio to put the story together. Cofield interrupted the car jacking, which led to a standoff. The standoff was broken when Nelson fired at the carjacker in his car, leading to the shootout that killed Cofield. When Nelson tells Horatio he'll testify about everything except for Tiffany, Horatio tells him she's the least of his problems. Calleigh calls her father and asks him to take Ana's case. Horatio pays a visit to Internal Affairs and runs into Yelina, who tells Mrs. Cofield is lucky to have him. The two exchange a meaningful look. Stetler brings up an internal affairs investigations file, this one with Horatio's name on it.


Main Cast[]

 Guest Cast[]

Major Events[]

  • Beat cop Officer Aaron Jessop is introduced for the first time.

See Also[]

CSI:Miami Season 2
Blood BrothersDead ZoneHard TimeDeath GripThe Best DefenseHurricane AnthonyGrand PrixBig BrotherBaitExtremeComplicationsWitness to MurderBlood MoonSlow BurnStalkerazziInvasionMoney for NothingWannabeDeadlineThe OathNot LandingRap SheetMIA/NYC NonStopInnocent